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Bay Cities Italian Deli

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Santa Monica
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1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2776
+1 310-395-8279
Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
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Los Angeles, California
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

That's the way you will probably feel after waiting for upwards of an hour to get served here. Like the star center fielder pushing 50 but still trying to get by in the majors or an octogenarian Frank Sinatra in concert forgetting the lyrics to his songs, Bay Cities Imports is living off it's reputation. This venerable Santa Monica institution... More 

Thank bbchea
La Habra Heights
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very large Italian market with a great deli. The red potato salad was very good, has a delicious mustard sauce. I also ordered a turkey and provolone sandwich with everything except onions. Very good with quality ingredients. The bread had a crispy buttery outside, which was a little tough to bite through but very delicious. The sandwich could use... More 

Thank Diana H
Perth, Western Australia
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60 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Great rolls, pasta etc. for lunch but be warned this place gets very busy and crowded so you will have to cue and wait but it's absolutely worth it. Awesome fresh bread.

Thank PerthReview
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Parking is tough, however, worth going around the block and waiting to get parking. Love the little store and the deli. The sandwiches are fantastic. My favorite is the Godmother sandwich. If you like deli sandwiches or hot meatball sub this is the place to stop at. Happy eating!

Thank ddudasik
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Awesome deli style sandwiches! Made your way with so many delicious choices. Had the Godmother sandwich and was amazing!

Thank Leslie A
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71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

has freshly made Italian food and groceries. Try one of their delicious lasagna, stuffed shells, eggplant parmigiana, hoagies/sub sandwiches, cannoli, a variety of cheeses and imported wines. They have fresh hot Italian bread all day long. You can get frozen lasagna, pizzas, and tomato sauce in the frozen case at the back of the store. They do have a parking... More 

Thank Vitina S
Santa Monica, California
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

You often hear that Bay Cities is the best deli on the Westside, maybe in all of LA. And what you hear would be correct. Although the parking lot is a hassle (walk or bike if you can) and it is crowded at lunch (come early or order ahead) few sandwiches are better than a "Godmother with The Works". There... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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160 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Great sandwich had the Italian Combo and it was one of the best deli sandwiches I have recently eaten; Deli was crowed service was friendly and fast for the lunch rush; a definite must have again.

Thank James G
Los Angeles, California
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76 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

This is a must stop when visiting Santa Monica. It's true blue italian subs are the best and there's always a line out the door. I don't have a favorite it just depends on the mood your in that day. They make it all

Thank edenalpert
Los Angeles, California
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

I recently went to Bay Cities to get a few Godmother sandwiches for the family. Usually, the bread is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. However, this time they were all just soggy as if they'd been made the day before. The young guys behind the counter didn't seem interested in the job. They were just joking... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
Italian, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2776
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-395-8279

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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